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Gotham’s Sons – A Criminal Psychology Perspective

About the Program

The course will help learners understand the core concepts in Psychology that help explain the behaviors of individuals and the creation of their personalities, especially in the context of crime. This will be followed with an introduction to terminology and techniques of Criminal Psychology, used to understand criminal behaviors. Throughout the course, we shall analyze characters from movies and web series and critically evaluate real vs reel criminal behavior (Joker, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises, Zodiac, No Country for Old Men, Red Dragon, Hannibal, Raman Raghav, etc.)

Course Objectives

  • To understand the bio-psycho-socio-cultural model of Psychology             
  • To understand the concepts of Personality Psychology       
  • To understand the terminology and techniques used in Criminal Psychology         
  • To apply psychological concepts in explaining criminal behavior    
  • To perform a detailed analysis of a criminal character


Prof. Sairaj Patki

Assistant Professor - Psychology
Department of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Sairaj M. Patki completed his master’s in clinical psychology and PhD in citizenship behaviours. He has over 10 years of teaching experience, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses at various colleges in Pune. Prof. Patki currently teaches the courses Abnormal Psychology and Experimental Psychology at FLAME University. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer and has conducted numerous workshops for schools, colleges, and organizations including Reliance Industries, CID Office, Bajaj Auto, the Modern Institute of Business Management, MIT Shillong, and Pune People’s C-op Bank. He has also served as a psychologist on the FTII admission panels. Prof. Patki’s research interests include the psychological effects of social media and artificial intelligence, emotional intelligence, and organizational citizenship behavior. He has authored 12 journal articles and 3 book chapters, guided over 20 post-graduate research dissertations, and been a research consultant to NGOs, organizations, and individual masters and doctoral students.

Besides academia, he has a keen interest in movies and is a passionate photographer and cinematography enthusiast. In his free time, he loves cooking, designing, and aeromodelling.